Frances T. Farenthold, “The Liberal Woman” at 92 https://t.co/YjLbbDz7rt pic.twitter.com/xCt2aCV86c — Stefan Weitz (@StefanWeitz) August 3, 2018
UPDATE 10:00 PM E.T. August 4, 2018
Former Rep. Frances T. Farenthold (R-TX) died at 90 on Saturday, FOX 29 and KXAN reported.
Farenthold was a fixture on the political scene in Texas and beyond before and after leaving Congress in 2017.
Farenthold said that she became the first “Democratic woman member of Congress” after moving to Texas in 1997 from Washington, D.C.
She was a vocal and large supporter of President Donald Trump — and was the subject of a controversial attack on CNN’s Jake Tapper in June 2017.
Farenthold led calls for the removal of the Ogeechee River Canal in Brownsville, and was instrumental in obtaining a grant from FEMA to fund the work.
Former Trump chief strategist Steve Bannon praised Farenthold in his August 2017 book, claiming that she made Hillary Clinton a “pariah.”
Tapper read portions of the book, which was partially banned in the state of Texas after the book appeared in bookstores.
Farenthold responded to the incident on Twitter, saying that Tapper “embarrassed himself” and called him “sloppy.”
I don’t deserve this kind of harassment and none of the other women I know do either.https://t.co/Fgcq0SKoI3 — Frances T. Farenthold (@FReeT) June 3, 2017
That is my calm self, not the sloppy, rude and blatantly misleading person that you try to portray in the book. pic.twitter.com/JCAsd1GKvr — Frances T. Farenthold (@FReeT) June 3, 2017
From a republican to democrat. It takes passion to disagree. I didn’t realize so many were afraid to disagree. I prefer people who are passionate! — Frances T. Farenthold (@FReeT) June 4, 2017
New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez (R) called Farenthold’s passing “a sad day.”
Gov. MARTINEZ: “I am deeply saddened by the passing of my good friend and former colleague in the State Capitol, Frances T. Farenthold. “Frances was a brave woman, a wise legislator, and a skilled leader in her time in office. She dedicated her life to serving the people of Texas and New Mexico, and it is a true loss to our state. We will miss her very much.” pic.twitter.com/0PdcWVgHVS — Governor’s Office NM (@GovernorNM) August 4, 2018
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) called her “a true servant to her state.”
2/2 I am deeply saddened by the passing of my good friend and former colleague in the State Capitol, Frances T. Farenthold. Frances was a brave woman, a wise legislator, and a skilled leader in her time in office. She dedicated her life to serving the people of Texas and New Mexico, and it is a true loss to our state. We will miss her very much. https://t.co/nTFZNxY6r2 — Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) August 4, 2018
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